WBEZ | baseball http://www.wbez.org/tags/baseball Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: August 26, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/morning-shift-august-26-2015-112733 <p><p>We talk a lot about Chicago Public Schools on this program (of course...we&rsquo;re a Chicago station.) But other schools in the area have their own challenges. We go around the horn and learn a few things about suburban schools, Catholic schools, and schools in Northwest Indiana. Then, lots of people are hit and some seriously injured by foul balls and broken bats at Major League parks every year, but not everyone is for the extra protective netting that would keep people from getting hurt. Then, we dive into some recently acquired musical gems from Reclaimed Soul&rsquo;s Ayana Contreras. And cartoonist and author Jessica Abel has written a new graphic book that takes readers inside some of their favorite public radio shows and podcasts. This American Life, Planet Money, RadioLab, Serial...how they make the stories that we just can&rsquo;t turn off!</p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/morning-shift-august-26-2015-112733 Cubs are closing in on the Wild Card http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/cubs-are-closing-wild-card-112711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cubs Ron Cogswell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cubs are six games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for the final National League wild card spot after sweeping Atlanta at a raucous Wrigley Field over the weekend. For Cubs&rsquo; fans, it&rsquo;s pretty amazing to watch...WBEZ sports contributor CRS joins us to talk about their winning ways.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/cubs-are-closing-wild-card-112711 Changes might be in store for Cubs, White Sox http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-28/changes-might-be-store-cubs-white-sox-112492 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/baseball FlickrGeoff Livingston.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Baseball teams are getting closer to their trade deadline. When it comes to the Cubs and Sox...Who might be going? Who might come in? And will the teams be buyers or sellers? WBEZ&#39;s sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout provides those answers.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-28/changes-might-be-store-cubs-white-sox-112492 Morning Shift: July 17, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-17/morning-shift-july-17-2015-112417 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215158185&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">The Chicago Public Schools have a new man in charge. We talk about teachers&#39; reactions to the change. Plus, Chicago baseball has reached the halfway point of the season, so we take a look back at the first half, as well as what lies ahead for the Cubs and White Sox. Also, this weekend is the 33rd annual Japan Day celebration in Arlington Heights. Finally, we enjoy the music of St. Louis singer/songwriter Beth Bombara.</span></p></p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-17/morning-shift-july-17-2015-112417 Baseball returns from All Star break http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-17/baseball-returns-all-star-break-112415 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/wrigley Chris Brown.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215157244&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">We speak with WBEZ sports reporter Cheryl Raye-Stout to look back on the Cubs and White Sox seasons so far and discuss what lies ahead as both teams return from the All Star break.&nbsp;</span></p></p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-17/baseball-returns-all-star-break-112415 Morning Shift: July 7, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/morning-shift-july-7-2015-112337 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213658550&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/morning-shift-july-7-2015-112337 Chicago fetes Cubs and Sox all stars http://www.wbez.org/chicago-fetes-cubs-and-sox-all-stars-112336 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.wbez.org/" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213657057&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Chicago fetes Cubs and Sox all stars</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">We&rsquo;re at the halfway point in the baseball season. The 2015 All Star Game takes place a week from today in Cincinnati. Two players from Chicago will be representing the National League: Cubs 3rd baseman Kris Bryant and his teammate 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo. And a player from the White Sox -- pitcher Chris Sale -- will be playing for the American league. WBEZ Sports Contributor Cheryl Raye Stout is here now with more on the roles these guys will have in the game and how their respective teams are doing so far this season.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>WBEZ sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye Stout</a></em></p></p> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chicago-fetes-cubs-and-sox-all-stars-112336 The rise of the right in Europe http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-25/rise-right-europe-112255 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Flickr%20European%20Parliament.jpg" style="width: 562px; height: 375px;" title="(Flickr/European Parliament)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211973247&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Europe&#39;s political shift</span><br />&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">A bloc of far-right political leaders have banded together to form a right-wing bloc in the European Parliament. The move comes as anti-migrant sentiments, along with ultra-conservative election wins in countries like Poland, Hungary and Denmark, have many observers concerned that Europe is tilting towards right-wing extremism. We&rsquo;ll discuss the politics and climate of racism and intolerance in Europe with Michael Privot, director of the European Network Against Racism.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/mpriv_o">Michael Privot</a> is&nbsp;<span id="docs-internal-guid-9abb0617-2c69-a013-060c-aaa4562c212c">director of the <a href="https://twitter.com/enareurope">European Network Against Racism</a>.</span></em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211972744&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Baseball in France</span><br />&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">A 16 year-old girl from France made Major League Baseball history recently by becoming the first recorded female player to be registered for the MLB draft. France probably doesn&rsquo;t seem like the likeliest country of origin for a baseball trailblazer. Did you even know they played baseball in France? Dr. Jeffrey H. Fox is a baseball fanatic and Francophile. He&rsquo;s Professor Emeritus of French at the College of DuPage and author of &#39;Pamela: French for Billionaires,&#39; a French novel with a baseball component. Patrice Baudin is a French former baseball player and the Delegate Delegate General Americas for the French Federation of Baseball &amp; Softball. Patrice and Dr. Fox join us to get a little inside-baseball à la Française.<br /><br /><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em>Dr. Jeffrey H. Fox is author<span id="docs-internal-guid-35b014ab-2c6c-519c-d9d1-9776cc94a0ee"> of &#39;</span>Pamela: French for Billionaires&#39; and Professor Emeritus of French at the College of DuPage. </em></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em>Patrice Baudin is <span id="docs-internal-guid-35b014ab-2c6e-566c-2e90-2102b4c7aba2">former baseball player and Delegate General Americas for the <a href="http://baseballfrance.com/">French Federation of Baseball &amp; Softball</a></span></em></li></ul></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211971999&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: update from La Isla Foundation</span><br />&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">La Isla Foundation was formed in 2008 after independent filmmaker Jason Glaser met Juan Salgado, a community organizer from Candelaria, Nicaragua. Jason was in Nicaragua making a film about banana workers when Juan informed him of an epidemic of kidney disease occurring in Candelaria and La Isla (&quot;The Island&quot;), neighboring villages in the municipality of Chichigalpa in western Nicaragua. The disease was ravaging agricultural laborers working on a local sugar-cane plantation. Juan, a former worker on the plantation who was fired when he showed the first signs of kidney disease, introduced Jason to the people of La Isla and Candelaria. Over the following months, Jason watched as, one by one, friends he had made died from kidney failure. He put his film aside and started La Isla Foundation. Jason Glaser joins us to give us an update on the work he&rsquo;s been doing in Nicaragua.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Jason Glaser is&nbsp;<span id="docs-internal-guid-0c07a50d-2c71-47d6-2e6b-fc42357d2089">president and co-founder of <a href="https://laislafoundation.org/">La Isla Foundation</a>.</span></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-25/rise-right-europe-112255 Morning Shift: Celebrating Opening Day weekend with a look inside baseball's past, present and future http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-04-03/morning-shift-celebrating-opening-day-weekend-look-inside <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Flickr%20Shannon.jpg" title="(Flickr/Shan213)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199084043&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Celebrating Opening Day weekend with a look inside baseball&#39;s past, present and future</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Wrigley Field turned 100 last year, and next year marks the 100th year of the Cubs as it&rsquo;s tenant. But the Cubs have been around a lot longer than the stadium. We discuss the pre-Wrigley years &nbsp;with author Laurent Pernot. Also, everything you need to know about new rules for the 2015 MLB season</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199084038&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Pence preps to sign new &#39;religious freedom&#39; bill</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Indiana lawmakers fixed its so called Religious Freedom Restoration Act Thursday in Indianapolis. Indiana&rsquo;s Governor Mike Pence signed SB 50 after an entire day of debate. The fix hopes to lessen the possibility of large protest during this weekend&rsquo;s NCAA men&rsquo;s Final Four in Indy. What does the law do and does it go far enough? And will it start to repair Indiana&rsquo;s reputation and economy since so many voice loud objections that the law could be used to discriminate against gay people. Joining us is WBEZ&rsquo;s Michael Puente.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Guest: </strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/mikepuentenews">Michael Puente</a> is WBEZ&#39;s Northwest Indiana Bureau reporter</em>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199084036&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Cubs future could be promising with new biz plan</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Cubs home opener is Sunday but fans looking to sit in the outfield bleachers will have to wait. Construction at Wrigley Field continues and the team is still working on getting everything in place. But while all the parts on the field aren&rsquo;t physically in place, an article by Bloomberg says the front office is making business moves that could propel the Cubs to be even more profitable, and possibly add more wins to the season. Bloomberg&rsquo;s Ira Boudway details what team president Theo Epstein is doing right.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Guest: </strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/iboudway">Ira Boudway</a> is a reporter with Bloomberg Businessweek.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199084032&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Major League Baseball debuts new pace-of-play rules in 2015</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The baseball season is almost upon us. That&#39;s great news for baseball fans slogging it out through the long winter. But Major League Baseball is hoping to attract new fans. One way they are hoping to do that is by streamlining the game through new rules regulating the pace of play. WBEZ&rsquo;s Cheryl Raye-Stout explains the new rules and what it means for our favorite past time.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye Stout</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;WBEZ&#39;s sports contributor</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199084031&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333"><span style="font-size: 24px;">New book looks at early Cubs history</span></font></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Wrigley Field turned 100 last year, and next year marks the 100th year of the Cubs as it&rsquo;s tenant. But the Cubs have been around a lot longer than the stadium. The team existed for decades before they relocated to the North Side, decades before they were even called the Cubs! There&rsquo;s a new book brimming with stories from the earliest days of the sport in The Windy City. It&rsquo;s called Before The Ivy: The Cubs&rsquo; Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago. Author Laurent Pernot sat down with Morning Shift&rsquo;s Jason Marck to talk about some of the history.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Guest:</strong><em> <a href="https://twitter.com/boroille">Laurent Pernot</a> is an author and the Executive Vice Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199084029&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="font-size: 24px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Rabbits as pets</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Wrigley Field It&rsquo;s Easter time again, when pet stores see spikes in rabbit sales as gifts. But experts warn they may not be the best pets for everyone. WBEZ&rsquo;s Monica Eng shares her personal story of owning two rabbits. And we&rsquo;re joined by Marcia Coburn who is president of Red Door Animal Shelter in Rogers Park which takes in dozens of rabbits a year. She explains what you need to know before running out after Easter to buy a bunny for a pet.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Guests: </strong></p><ul><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng">Monica Eng</a> is a producer and reporter for WBEZ</em></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>Marcia Coburn is the president of <a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/">Red Door Animal Shelter</a> in Rogers Park&nbsp;</em></li></ul></p> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-04-03/morning-shift-celebrating-opening-day-weekend-look-inside White Sox icon Minnie Minoso dies http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/white-sox-icon-minnie-minoso-dies-111639 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Minnie Minoso 1955 AP crop site_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>▲ LISTEN&nbsp;</strong><em>WBEZ&#39;s Yolanda Perdomo talks with Morning Edition host Lisa Labuz about Minoso&#39;s life and career.</em></p><p style="text-align: center;">...</p><p>Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game&#39;s first black Latino star, has died, a medical examiner in Illinois said Sunday.</p><p>The Cook County medical examiner&#39;s office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso&#39;s age but the Chicago White Sox say he was 90.</p><p>Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.</p><blockquote><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/minnie-minosos-first-game-106394"><strong>Hear Minoso tell the story of his first game in Comiskey</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/white-sox-icon-minnie-minoso-dies-111639#obama"><strong>Obama: Minoso will always be &#39;Mr. White Sox&#39;</strong></a></p></blockquote><p>&quot;We have lost our dear friend and a great man,&quot; White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a release. &quot;Many tears are falling.&quot;</p><p>Minoso made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949 and was dealt to the White Sox in a three-team trade two years later. He became major league baseball&#39;s first black player in Chicago on May 1, 1951, and homered in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Vic Raschi.</p><p>It was the start of a beautiful relationship between the slugger and the White Sox.</p><p>Minoso, regarded as baseball&#39;s first black Latino star, was a Havana native who spent most of his career in left field. He is one of only two players to appear in a major league game in five different decades. He got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0 for 2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox, who tried unsuccessfully over the years to get the &quot;Cuban Comet&quot; into baseball&#39;s Hall of Fame.</p><p>&quot;When I watched Minnie Minoso play, I always thought I was looking at a Hall of Fame player,&quot; Reinsdorf said in an informational package produced by the team for a 2011 Cooperstown push. &quot;I never understood why Minnie wasn&#39;t elected.</p><p>&quot;He did everything. He could run, he could field, he could hit with power, he could bunt and steal bases. He was one of the most exciting players I have ever seen.&quot;</p><p>Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso Arrieta was selected for nine All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves in left. He was hit by a pitch 192 times, ninth on baseball&#39;s career list, and finished in the top four in AL MVP voting four times.</p><p>Despite the push by the White Sox and other prominent Latin players, Minoso has never made it to Cooperstown. His highest percentage during his 15 years on the writers&#39; ballot was 21.1 in 1988. He was considered by the Veterans Committee in 2014 and fell short of the required percentage for induction.</p><p>&quot;My last dream is to be in Cooperstown, to be with those guys,&quot; Minoso said in that 2011 package distributed by the White Sox. &quot;I want to be there. This is my life&#39;s dream.&quot;</p><p>Minoso, who made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949, hit .298 for his career with 186 homers and 1,023 RBIs. The speedy Minoso also led the AL in triples and steals three times in each category.</p><p>Playing in an era dominated by the Yankees, Minoso never played in the postseason.</p><p>&quot;Every young player in Cuba wanted to be like Minnie Minoso, and I was one of them,&quot; Hall of Fame slugger Tony Perez said. &quot;The way he played the game, hard all the time, hard. He was very consistent playing the game. He tried to win every game. And if you want to be like somebody, and I picked Minnie, you have to be consistent.&quot;</p><p>Minoso appeared in just nine games in his first stint with the Indians, but he took off when he was dealt to Chicago as part of a three-team trade in 1951 that also involved the Philadelphia Athletics. He went deep in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Raschi, and hit .375 in his first 45 games with the White Sox.</p><p>Minoso finished that first season in Chicago with a .326 batting average, 10 homers and 76 RBIs in 146 games for the Indians and White Sox. He also had a major league-best 14 triples and an AL-best 31 steals.</p><p>It was Minoso&#39;s first of eight seasons with at least a .300 batting average. He also had four seasons with at least 100 RBIs.</p><p>&quot;I have baseball in my blood,&quot; Minoso said. &quot;Baseball is all I&#39;ve ever wanted to do.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">President Barack Obama&#39;s statement about Minoso<a name="obama"></a></span></p><blockquote><p>For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be &ldquo;Mr. White Sox.&rdquo;</p><p>The first black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere.&nbsp; He came up through the Negro Leagues, and didn&rsquo;t speak much English at first.&nbsp; And as he helped to integrate baseball in the 1950s, he was a target of racial slurs from fans and opponents, sometimes forced to stay in different motels from his teammates.&nbsp; But his speed, his power &ndash; and his resilient optimism &ndash; earned him multiple All-Star appearances and Gold Gloves in left field, and he became one of the most dominant and dynamic players of the 1950s.</p><p>Minnie may have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of black and Latino young people, Minnie&rsquo;s quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could.</p><p>Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and fans in Chicago, Cleveland, and around the world.</p></blockquote><p><span style="font-size:24px;">More from the WBEZ archives about the baseball legend <a name="playlist"></a></span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="380" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/85470411&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/white-sox-icon-minnie-minoso-dies-111639